Vitruvius’ goal is to promote powerful, human-like-play in order that players of all strengths and levels can benefit from its use in their preparation for their over the board engagements. The current version has been used by strong IMs in their preparation, training and study and it has proved itself time and again to be a very helpful and ‘unforgiving’ sparring partner.
Our 'guinee pigs’ working on the Opening Book have been able to prepare and test a whole series of extremly focused and original plans, higly creative on a positional and psychological basis (positiona sacrifices), and Vitruvius has found some higly interesting novelities in more than one opening.
Born in Rome on the 31 January 1972, Domenico is a Computer Scientist, a First Category chess player and qualified juvenile Chess Instructor. He has authored Corso Base di Scacchi published by PRISMA EDITORI and is the principal tester of the Vitruvius Chess Engine and the Opening Book performing the most intensive tests under diverse possible combinations of hardware and software settings.
Born in Rome on the 22 April 1971, Andrea is a Computer Scientist living and working in France. He is a Chess Master of the Italian Chess Correspondence Association (ASIGC) and has achieved his first norm of IM.Currently playing in the Final of the 15th World Cup of the ICCF, he is the author of the Opening Book used by Vitruvius and has helped in the tests carried out on the Chess Engine and Opening Book.
Born in Mezzolombardo (TN) on the 6 ottobre 1963, Roberto is an Industrial Consultant working and living in Trentino. His three great passions are mountain climbing (ALPS), chess and computer programming. In the calm and solitude of an excursion at an altidude of 4000 meters he envisioned the idea of Vitruvius. It is for this reason that Vitruvius can be considered to be ‘the TOP Chess Engine in the World’!
- First and foremost to the authors of the IPPOLIT series of Chess programs (RobboLito, Igorrit and IvanHoe), that is: Yakov Petrovich Golyadkin, Igor Igorovich Igoronov, Roberto Pescatore, Yusuf Ralf Weisskopf, Ivan Skavinsky Skavar and Yakov Petrovich Golyadkin.
- To Robert Flesher, Dom Leste, Winning Blund, Trebejo, IpMan, FossilHunter, Predator, and to all our valued testers for their suggestions and never failing support.
- A huge thanks goes to Maurizio Platino, main beta-tester of DeepSaros who, from the very start of the development of Vitruvius, has contributed many valuable ideas and performed numerous tests on PlayChess.com©.